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Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines, is a leading figure in American publishing. She oversees 19 magazines, including such icons as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Popular Mechanics, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She also is responsible for 200 international editions in 100 countries. Below are her five tips for succeeding at work and in life, which are featured in her new book, "Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)."

1. Figure out what you are passionate about and pursue those passions in your career and in your life.

2. Don't dwell too long on mistakes -- just keep moving forward.

3. Be optimistic about change and be open to it.

4. Take educated risks, but be prepared for any eventuality. Taking risks can be scary, but it can also be exhilarating and career-boosting.

5. Live a full, 360-degree life that is enriching both personally and professionally.

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Anonymous
November 7, 2007
Ms. Black's segment
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November 6, 2007
Ms. Black's segment
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November 5, 2007
Ms. Black's segment
Anonymous
November 5, 2007
Cathie Black is dead on with her five tips about being successful. It's important to balance work and home. Equally important is to be passionate about what you do everyday in the workplace as well as in your personal life. Excellent insight.
Anonymous
November 5, 2007
Thank-you for the piece from Cathie Black. I am 57 yrs. old and have been toiling with my next assignment and purpose. This segment was the confirmation I was seeking and "jump started," me to move forward . Thank-you for being my Angel of the Day! Warmest Regrds, Cheryl Nicholson
Anonymous
November 5, 2007
Thank-you for the piece from Cathie Black. I am 57 yrs. old and have been toiling with my next assignment and purpose. This segment was the confirmation I was seeking and "jump started," me to move forward . Thank-you for being my Angel of the Day! Warmest Regrds, Cheryl Nicholson
Anonymous
November 5, 2007
Thank-you for the piece from Cathie Black. I am 57 yrs. old and have been toiling with my next assignment and purpose. This segment was the confirmation I was seeking and "jump started," me to move forward . Thank-you for being my Angel of the Day! Warmest Regrds, Cheryl Nicholson
Anonymous
November 5, 2007
Thank-you for the piece from Cathie Black. I am 57 yrs. old and have been toiling with my next assignment and purpose. This segment was the confirmation I was seeking and "jump started," me to move forward . Thank-you for being my Angel of the Day! Warmest Regrds, Cheryl Nicholson